WBEZ | scott walker http://www.wbez.org/tags/scott-walker Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en GOP alive and well in state legislatures http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/gop-alive-and-well-state-legislatures-103825 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6654_AP11120112106-scr.jpg" style="float: left; height: 332px; width: 300px;" title="Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (AP Photo/John Raoux)" /></div><p>Those Democrats, progressives and others who are crowing over what appears to be the death gasp of the Republican party may want to hold off for a bit.</p><p>Sure, Barack Obama not only won the presidency, but he did a great job of humiliating the GOP machine, including money bags Sheldon Adelson, strategist Karl Rove and pundits Rush Limbaugh, Dick Morris, Peggy Noonan and so many others. And, yes, the Dems picked up two more votes in the U.S. Senate (though they&rsquo;re not quite filibuster proof, they&rsquo;re a hell of a lot closer), and five seats in the House.<br /><br />But while the federal picture looks good for now, the state-by-state snapshot suggests that Republicans are going to do just fine in the long run. Why? Because while Democrats flipped four state legislatures, taking control of all three branches of government to avenge 2010 losses, Republicans grabbed Arkansas and, in what has to be a truly bitter pill for Democrats, took back <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/press-room/history-holds-true-in-2012-legislative-races.aspx">control of the Wisconsin senate</a>.<br /><br />To be perfectly clear: the GOP now controls all three branches of the Badger state government, completely erasing the Democrat&rsquo;s minor victory in the senate recall struggle. Jessica King, one of the winners of the 2011 senate recall, <a href="http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/republicans-win-back-control-of-wisconsin-senate/article_9ccf433f-2058-55a0-84a8-4155d70c4186.html">appears to have lost </a>by 590 votes to her Republican challenger this time around. In other words, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker can do <em>whatever</em> he wants for the next two years.<br /><br />Walker&rsquo;s not the only GOP guv in the driver&rsquo;s seat: Fully 26 states &mdash; more than half of the country &mdash; are completely controlled by Republicans (the Dems control 19). Four other Republican governors (there are 30 of &lsquo;em altogether) rule over states with mixed party legislatures, but in Virginia the lieutenant governor casts the tie-breaking vote, so it&rsquo;s pretty much a GOP romp anyway. (If you&rsquo;re wondering why this is adding up to 49 instead of 50, it&rsquo;s because Nebraska has a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature.)<br /><br />What this means is that while the Republicans may be blowing it in the major leagues, they&rsquo;ve got a surprisingly healthy farm team network. And because they control so many states from top to bottom &nbsp;&mdash; including all 11 states of the Confederacy&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;we can expect that there will be continuing Republican shenanigans.<br /><br />For example, down in southeast Texas, Peter Morrison, the GOP party treasurer for Hardin County, called for <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/texas-gop-official-calls-for-amicable-divorce-from-maggots-who-voted-for-obama/">Lone Star state secession </a>with these words: &quot;We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity.&rdquo;Yup, that&rsquo;s right, <em>baby-murdering socialists</em>.<br /><br />But more significantly, those states with complete GOP-controlled legislatures will be continue to protect and redraw congressional boundaries to their advantage. In fact, the GOP majority in the U.S. House can thank those very state assemblies for <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/11/07/how_ridiculous_gerrymanders_saved_the_house_republican_majority.html">keeping them in power</a>. Want to know how bad it is? In Ohio, one of those states under Republican control, Obama may have won by a comfortable margin, but the GOP held onto 12 of 16 congressional seats.<br /><br />The U.S. Supreme Court is right now considering the Voting Rights Act. It&rsquo;s their decision&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;not Fox ratings or Super PACs or Rove&rsquo;s next move&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;and how it&rsquo;ll affect the gerrymandering by those Republican legislatures and which will in turn determine if the GOP lives or dies.</p></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/gop-alive-and-well-state-legislatures-103825 Wisconsinites: Has talking recall gotten you into a sticky situation? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wisconsinites-has-talking-recall-gotten-you-sticky-situation-99763 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/facebook_1264450478.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 448px; " title="(Facebook/Boycott Scott Walker)" /></div></div><p>Wisconsin is divided heading into Tuesday&#39;s recall election, and that&#39;s leading to some uncomfortable situations in day-to-day life. More than a third of respondents in a recent Marquette University Law School <a href="https://law.marquette.edu/poll/">poll</a> reported that they&#39;d stopped talking about politics with someone because of recall-related disagreements.</p><p>Are you one of those people? Has talking about the recall election gotten you into a sticky situation with family, friends or maybe even someone you didn&#39;t even know?</p><p>If so, we want to hear your story. Share it in the comments and listen for more stories from fellow Wisconsinites.</p></p> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 19:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/wisconsinites-has-talking-recall-gotten-you-sticky-situation-99763 Wisconsin headlines: The bottom line on the recall http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-08-10/wisconsin-headlines-bottom-line-recall-90347 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-10/wisconsin state capital flickr david king.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-10/wisconsin state capital flickr david king.jpg" style="margin: 7px; float: right; width: 279px; height: 209px;" title="Wisconsin state capital (Flickr/David King)">If you have any doubts whatsoever about the bottom line on the Wisconsin recall elections, check out the headlines in the state:</p><p><a href="http://host.madison.com/ct/" target="_blank"><em>Capital Times</em></a>: “Republicans hold off Dems”; "GOP holds onto Senate but Walker recall hopes still strong"</p><p><a href="http://chippewa.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chippewa Herald</em></a>: “Darling wins; GOP retains control of state senate”</p><p><a href="http://www.htrnews.com/" target="_blank"><em>Herald Times Reporter</em></a>: Republicans maintain control of Wisconsin senate”</p><p><a href="http://www.fdlreporter.com/" target="_blank"><em>Fond du Lac Reporter</em></a>: "King ousts Hopper in recall election for 18th senate seat"; “Wisconsin’s GOP stand in recall could reverberate elsewhere”</p><p><a href="http://www.leadertelegram.com/#vmix_media_id=105254411" target="_blank"><em>Leader-Telegram</em></a>: “State GOP holds off Democrats in recall elections”</p><p><a href="http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/article_0eab6966-c2a9-11e0-a206-001cc4c03286.html" target="_blank"><em>Madison.com</em></a>: “Republicans hold off Dems in recalls, win enough seats to keep majority in senate”</p><p><em><a href="http://www.sheboyganpress.com/" target="_blank">Sheboygan Press</a></em>: “Wisconsin GOP holds off Democrats in recall elections”</p><p><a href="http://www.stevenspointjournal.com/" target="_blank"><em>Stevens Point Journal</em></a>: “Wisconsin Republicans hold off Democrats in recall elections”</p><p><a href="http://www.postcrescent.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Post-Crescent</em></a>: “Four Republicans retain seats, Dems pick up two”</p><p><a href="http://www.jsonline.com/" target="_blank"><em>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</em></a>: "Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall elections, hold senate"</p><p>Of all the Wisconsin papers I checked out this morning, only the<a href="http://lacrossetribune.com/"> </a><a href="http://lacrossetribune.com/" target="_blank"><em>LaCrosse Tribune</em></a> trumpeted good news for the Democrats in the state’s $30 million battle: “Shilling ousts Kapanke.”</p><p>There were signs that things aren’t all that rosy for the Republicans, like the very fact of the recall effort itself, and that winning Republicans senators Robert Cowles and Luther Olsen, who had not had a Democratic challenger in more than a decade, actually had to fight to stay in office.</p><p>And though the Dems didn’t win back the majority in the senate, if the single Republican senator who opposed Gov. Scott Walker’s policies stays true to his original stands, the GOP agenda could, in fact, be in trouble.</p><p>But no matter how historic the two Dem wins, there’s still turbulence ahead for progressives. There are two Democrats up for recall next week and one, Jim Holperin, is considered vulnerable to his Republican challenger.</p><p>If this happens, the GOP senate majority will not only be solid but emboldened. And have no doubt that the Republicans will come back even stronger in 2012: Walker has just signed a redistricting plan that strongly favors the GOP.</p><p>The big winner in Wisconsin last night? Walker, big time. The recall effort against him -- which can’t start until later this fall and requires more than 500,000 petition signatures -- suffered a huge blow. Democrats insisting on continuing the drive should sit down after the smoke clears from this mess and rethink that one.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-08-10/wisconsin-headlines-bottom-line-recall-90347 Illinois, Wisconsin governors bet on title game http://www.wbez.org/story/bears/illinois-wisconsin-governors-bet-title-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Packers vs Bears.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his NFC Championship Game bet with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn involves team colors and some volunteer time.</p><p>Walker says the losing governor of the bet on Sunday's Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game will volunteer in a food pantry in the winner's state wearing a shirt from the opposing team.</p><p>Also, Walker says the loser must fly the opposing team's flag in his governor's office a day before the Super Bowl.</p><p>The governor says he got a lot of great ideas for the bet on Twitter, including tweets offering Wisconsin cranberries, bratwurst and Door County cherries. Those items will be contributed to food pantries.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bears/illinois-wisconsin-governors-bet-title-game